Just when you thought classic tarte tatin could get no lovelier, here comes fig tarte tatin.
This fig tarte tatin is a lovely early fall version of the classic French apple tarte Tatin desset. Tender figs are cooked in a cinnamon-scented caramel sauce and baked beneath buttery puff pastry than flipped over for a finished dessert so spectacular we can’t help wishing fig season lasted a whole lot longer.–Angie Zoobkoff
From the Grill to the Oven Note
We fell so in love with this recipe that we adapted it from its original incarnation, which tells how to make the tarte tatin on the grill, to the oven method that you’ll find below. We think it may just make the lovely and clever dessert more manageable to make for those of you who, like us, are a little more comfortable in the kitchen.
Fig Tarte Tatin
- Quick Glance
- 20 M
- 1 H
- Serves 4 to 6
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Recipe Testers Reviews
This fig tarte tatin is so delicious! Like any tarte tatin, it’s easy to make and the final twist is given by the fruits you choose to add. In this recipe, the caramelized figs are a must, since right now the figs are at their best flavor. The touch of cinnamon gives it a rich, warm, complex flavor. Ideal with ice cream.
So happy to be in Napa for the fig season, which I hear is a lot longer than most other places. I used a half-pint container of figs, which weighed in at about 1 pound, for this tarte tatin. They were from an organic farm and a couple of them were smaller than the rest so I used a total of 9 figs. Using 1 of the 2 sheets of Pepperidge Farm puff pastry in the package, I rolled it out to the size of my 11-inch BAF pan. I melted the butter over medium heat, put the figs in, and watched closely. The sugar started to caramelize at the 5 minute mark so I turned the heat down to medium low to prevent it from burning. The figs were considerably softened by the time the 8 minute mark was up. With the pan I used, it was easy to form the pastry and tuck the edges in. I realize now that the tuck forms the "crust" to keep everything in when you flip it later. It served 5 of us with one piece leftover for the first one awake the next morning. I lost.
This fig tarte tatin is lovely. It's easy to pull together and is a delightful finish for a small dinner party. The only issue with it is the stickiness of the caramel. It does require some awkward picking to cleanse it from your teeth. So perhaps a dinner party with really close friends? I didn't try to make my puff pastry into a circle. I rolled it to 12-by-10-inches. I was afraid that if I cut off rounded corners and tried to roll the scraps into the dough that it would affect the flaky layers. It did make putting the dough on top of the caramelized figs kind of awkward, though.
This fig tarte tatin is a winner! It is fancy looking enough for a dinner party, but really easy to put together. The tart is not overly sweet. I had a few figs not make it to the flipped tart, but that was easily remedied by placing them on after.